Nancy Grimm

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Director, Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-term Ecological Research Project, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501
480-965-4735
Email: nbgrimm@asu.edu
Web: http://sols.asu.edu/faculty/ngrimm.php

Biography

Dr. Grimm studies the interaction of climate variation and change, human activities, and ecosystems. Her research is carried out in both stream and urban ecosystems, collaborating with hydrologists, engineers, geologists, chemists, sociologists, geographers, and anthropologists. Her desert stream research over more than three decades has focused on impacts of and resilience to disturbances (such as flooding or drying) that alter structure and function, particularly biogeochemical processes. In her long-term study of Sycamore Creek, Arizona, Grimm and her students and colleagues are currently studying how hydrologic regimes influence ecosystem structure and function and transitions between gravel-bed and wetland ecosystems states. In that research, she is addressing problems of urban sustainability and resilience to the impacts of climate change on water, infrastructure, and ecosystem processes and services, focusing particularly on stormwater infrastructure. Grimm has been President of the Ecological Society of America and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Ecological Society of America. Grimm chaired or served on numerous national and international advisory and editorial boards, is an editor for Earth’s Future, is a past program director for the National Science Foundation and senior scientist for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, is author or co-author of nearly 170 scientific publications, and was a lead author for two chapters of the U.S. National Climate Assessment, released in 2014.

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Expertise

biogeochemical processes; desertification; ecosystem disturbances; ecosystem ecology; ecosystem restoration; ecosystem services; land use change; riparian ecology; socioecology; terrestrial ecology; urban development; urban ecology; climate change impacts; future and systems thinking; climate change adaptation; urbanization; landscape studies; urban infrastructure; urban social-ecological systems; urbanization effects on weather and climate; water distribution systems; water resource management; watershed hydrology; ecological literacy; species adaptation; data analysis; data mining

Education

PhD, Zoology, Arizona State University - Tempe, 1985

MS, Zoology, Arizona State University - Tempe, 1980

BA, Natural Science, Hampshire College, 1978

Journal Articles

2015

Hale, R. L., L. J. Turnbull, S. R. Earl, D. L. Childers and N. B. Grimm. 2015. Stormwater infrastructure controls runoff and dissolved material export from arid urban watersheds. Ecosystems 18(1):62-75. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-014-9812-2. (link)

Hopkins, K. G., N. B. Morse, D. J. Bain, N. D. Bettez, N. B. Grimm, J. L. Morse and M. M. Palta. 2015. Type and timing of stream flow changes in urbanizing watersheds in the eastern U.S.. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 3:Art. 56. DOI: 10.12952/journal.elementa.000056#sthash.9obRE2Qi.dpuf. (link)

Lin, T. and N. B. Grimm. 2015. Comparative study of urban ecology development in the U.S. and China: Opportunity and challenge. Urban Ecosystems 18(2):599-611. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-014-0413-9. (link)

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Book Chapters

In Press

Hale, R. L., E. M. Cook, D. M. Iwaniec and N. B. Grimm. In Press. Urbanization and the altered biogeochemical cycle. In: Bai, X., T. E. Graedel and A. Morishima eds., Cities in Evolution: Urbanization, Environmental Change and Sustainability. Cambridge University Press.

2013

Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, C. G. Boone, D. L. Childers, S. L. Harlan and B. L. Turner II. 2013. Viewing the urban socioecological system through a sustainability lens: Lessons and prospects from the Central Arizona–Phoenix LTER Program. Pp. 217-246 In: Singh, S. J., H. Haberl, M. Chertow and M. Mirtl eds., Long Term Socio-Ecological Research. Springer.

Larson, E. K., S. R. Earl, E. Hagen, R. L. Hale, H. E. Hartnett, M. L. McCrackin, M. R. McHale and N. B. Grimm. 2013. Beyond restoration and into design: Hydrologic alterations in aridland cities. Pp. 183-210 In: Pickett, S. T., M. L. Cadenasso, B. McGrath and K. Hill eds., Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design: Linking Theory and Practice for Sustainable Cities. Vol 3. Springer.

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Posters

2015

Davidson, M. J., D. M. Iwaniec and N. B. Grimm. 2015. Developing adaptive, strategic, and transformational scenario futures for central Arizona. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, M. Chester, D. M. Iwaniec, P. T. McPhearson, T. R. Miller and T. A. Munoz-Erickson. 2015. Urban resilience to extremes: A proposed Sustainability Research Network. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Handler, A., A. Suchy, N. B. Grimm, M. M. Palta and D. L. Childers. 2015. Hydrologic and chemical connectivity between surface and soils in an urban accidental wetland: Implications for nitrogen removal. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

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Presentations

2015

Cook, E. M., D. M. Iwaniec, N. B. Grimm and O. Barbosa. 2015. Maximizing urban services provided by green and gray infrastructure to increase future urban sustainability. Presentation at the Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating the ESA Centennial 1915-2015, 9-14 August 2015, Baltimore, Maryland. (link)

Grimm, N. B., S. T. Pickett, R. L. Hale and M. L. Cadenasso. 2015. Disturbance in urban ecosystems: New insights from comparisons of Baltimore, Phoenix, and selected world cities. Presentation at the Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating the ESA Centennial 1915-2015, 9-14 August 2015, Baltimore, Maryland. (link)

Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, M. Chester, D. M. Iwaniec, P. T. McPhearson, T. R. Miller and T. A. Munoz-Erickson. 2015. Developing a concept of social-ecological-technological systems to characterize resilience of urban areas and infrastructure to extreme events. Presentation at the Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating the ESA Centennial 1915-2015, 9-14 August 2015, Baltimore, Maryland. (link)

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Conference Papers

1994

Holmes, R. M., S. G. Fisher and N. B. Grimm. 1994. Nitrogen dynamics along parafluvial flowpaths: importance to the stream ecosystem. Pp. 47-56 In: Stanford, J. A. and H. M. Valett eds., Proceeding of the Second International Conference on Groundwater Ecology.. Second International Conference on Groundwater Ecology.. Bethesda, Maryland.

Jones, Jr, J. B., R. M. Holmes, S. G. Fisher and N. B. Grimm. 1994. Chemoautotrophic production and respiration in the hyporheic zone of a Sonoran Desert stream.. Pp. 329-338 In: Stanford, J. A. and H. M. Vallett eds., Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Groundwater Ecology. Second International Conference on Groundwater Ecology. Bethesda, Maryland.

1992

Valett, H. M., S. G. Fisher, N. B. Grimm, E. H. Stanley and A. J. Boulton. 1992. Hyporheic-surface water exchange: Implications for ecosystem structure and function.. Pp. 395-405 In: Stanford, J. A. and J. J. Simons eds., Proceedings of the First International Conference on Groundwater Ecology. First International Conference on Groundwater Ecology. Bethesda, MD.

Reports

2009

Grimm, N. B., C. Gries, M. L. Nation, L. K. Williams and C. D. Zisner. 2009. CAP LTER Phase 2 2009 Annual Report. Global Institute of Sustainability. Annual Report to National Science Foundation (link)

Larson, K. L., E. M. Cook, M. Grove, C. Polsky, R. R. Chowdhury, P. Ogden, N. B. Grimm, P. M. Groffman, J. Harrington and J. Zimmerman. 2009. Investigating the social-ecological dynamics of residential landscapes: Insights from a multi-site collaborative workshop. Final report from LTER Workshop, February 18-19, 2009, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University.

2008

Grimm, N. B., C. Gries, M. L. Nation, L. K. Williams and C. D. Zisner. 2008. CAP LTER Phase 2 2008 Annual Report. Global Institute of Sustainability. Annual Progress Report to National Science Foundation (link)

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